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David Banks
EU armed forces are already on the way – ten steps that prove what’s happening

EU armed forces are already on the way – ten steps that prove what’s happening

THE WHISPERING GAME IS OVER. Macron and Merkel’s project is already underway. The leaders of ‘Project EU’ are now openly calling for EU Armed Forces.

The real political moves behind their ...

Murdo Fraser
The bastard verdict – time to ditch ‘Not Proven’?

The bastard verdict – time to ditch ‘Not Proven’?

IT WAS SIR WALTER SCOTT who described it as “that bastard verdict”. He was referring to the outcome of ‘Not Proven’ in a Scottish criminal court, prompted by a jury determining the verdict in a ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Christmas Cake

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Christmas Cake

THIS IS the cake I have made for years and is fool proof as well as being the best tasting Christmas cake I make, despite me being swayed to try something different now and again. I have made ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Democracy equals prosperity for Scotland - but who's listening?

Democracy equals prosperity for Scotland - but who's listening?

I AM OLD ENOUGH and indeed fortunate enough to have had the sort of education that seems, alas, to have fallen by the wayside for political reasons.  By the end of my early years at ...

Steve Sayers
Battle Of Britain latest – the Harris Tweed skirmish

Battle Of Britain latest – the Harris Tweed skirmish

LAST WEEK the Scottish nationalist preoccupation with "flegs" waved its weary head above the parapets again, this time in Inverness.

The stooshie revolved around a new shop in Inverness. (I won't name ...

Miles Saltiel
Cometh the hour cometh the resignations?

Cometh the hour cometh the resignations?

SO NOW we have a draft deal, which Theresa May is to try to sell overnight to her cabinet. By this time tomorrow, she will either have bulldozed them ahead of the formal cabinet meeting ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 21

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 21

THERE’S NOT much worse than seeing one of your kids sick. The next worst thing is being sick yourself. The best thing to do would be to crawl into bed with a Lemsip and a ...

Paul Spare
Wind power ain't all that's claimed for it

Wind power ain't all that's claimed for it

EVERY SO OFTEN there is a story in Scotland’s media that hails the great advances being made by technology designed to be environmentally friendlier and help us reverse climate change. That’s fair enough, but what ...

Elizabeth Smith
 Mountain Rescue deserves better from the First Minister

Mountain Rescue deserves better from the First Minister

AS I WRITE THIS, Scottish Mountain Rescue teams across the country are gearing up and preparing for the winter season. This is a time of year where call-outs spike as our hills are transformed into ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: self-inflicted hyperinflation

Venezuela's tragedy: self-inflicted hyperinflation

HYPERINFLATION in Venezuela has reached astonishing levels, making life extraordinarily difficult for ordinary people and causing immense economic damage. Inflation is currently running at some 200,000 per cent and is projected by the IMF to ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 20

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 20

WHAT A CLASS WEEKEND. The first time James and I have spent an entire evening together without babies in two-and-a-half years! To say I was slightly nervous at the notion of being away from the ...

Jack Ponton
Tidal power ain't all that's claimed for it

Tidal power ain't all that's claimed for it

IT IS DEPRESSING how the media routinely publish press releases from renewable energy developers and lobby groups as if they were scientific fact rather than exercises in public relations. An example of this appeared in ...